College Counseling Department

Erin Stein
Director of College Counseling

Seniors with last names beginning with A-F and S-Z
816.942.3282, ext. 1109

Heather Henning
Associate Director of College Counseling

Seniors with last names beginning G-R
816.942.3282, ext. 1197


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College Counseling

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Notre Dame de Sion School’s College Counseling Department provides a four-year, comprehensive and personalized program to prepare students for successful acceptance and matriculation into college. Each year 100% of Sion seniors receive acceptance to colleges across the nation and abroad. They also earn impressive merit-based (academic, talent) scholarship awards.

Our primary goal as a department is to help each student find – and ultimately select – the college or university that is the BEST FIT for her and her family: academic, personal (social, emotional, spiritual) and financial. This is a process that requires introspection, discovery, exploration, in-depth research, and communication.

The college counseling program at Sion is designed to meet the needs of students and families at each stage of the high school experience, addressing the primary questions of “what should I be doing right now?” and “what’s the next step?” Beginning freshman year and continuing into sophomore year, programming is offered in the form of classroom/group presentations, testing/test prep, and evening workshops for parents. Junior and senior years, the college counseling department offers individual and family college planning appointments, in addition to classroom/group presentations, testing/test prep, college fairs, college admission representative visits at Sion, and summer and evening workshops. Naviance/Family Connection is the primary college planning resource used by the college counseling department, Sion students and parents.  Naviance provides helpful college research tools including college search surveys, admission requirements, acceptance history, deadlines, etc.

Sion hosts nearly 100 college representatives annually, giving students the opportunity to meet and network with admission officers from colleges across the country. The college counseling department also works with admissions officers at universities to reinforce Notre Dame de Sion’s reputation of producing academically prepared and well-rounded graduates.


College Counseling Timeline

  • More About Me Surveys DUE August 19th
  • August 24/25: Naviance Workshop for Seniors during English Class
  • August 30: College App Kickoff for Senior Parents – Dining Hall, 6-7pm
  • September 12: Catholic Colleges Fair – Gym, 7th hour 2:10-3:10
  • September 12: College Planning for Juniors Workshop – RHS, 7:00
  • September 13: Kansas City Private High School College Fair – RHS, 6:30-8:30pm
  • October 1: Transcript request deadline for all applications due Nov 1
  • October 5: College Financial Aid Workshop at Barstow, 6pm
  • October 9: NACAC National College Fair – KC Convention Center, 1-4pm
  • October 10: NACAC National College Fair – KC Convention Center, 8:30-11:30am
  • October 13: College Fair at Shawnee Mission East, 6:30-9:30pm.
  • October 15: Transcript request deadline for all applications due Nov 15
  • October 26: College Coffee Talk #1
  • November 1: Transcript request deadline for all applications due Dec 1
  • November (date: tbd): Infinite Scholars Fair, Kauffman Foundation
  • November (date: tbd): GSP Practice ACT for Juniors
  • November 15: Transcript request deadline for all apps due Dec 15
  • December 1: Transcript request deadline for all apps due Jan 1-31


  • January 8: Transcript request deadline for all applications due Feb 1-28
  • February 1: Transcript request deadline for all March applications
  • February 1: Prep for College Success Workshop for FR/SOPH, 6:30-8:30pm
  • February 15: Lunch/Study Hall College Planning for Juniors
  • February 15: College Planning for Junior & Parents
  • February 28: College Coffee Talk #2   
  • March 21-24: Junior Laptop Lunch Series
  • April 4: College Coffee Talk #3
  • April 10-12: Sophomore Laptop Lunch Series
  • April 25: College Coffee Talk #4 
  • April 28: Senior Celebration - Bonfire & Shaved Ice
  • May 1: College Decision Day
  • May TBD: Senior Mother/Daughter Mass & Luncheon, 10:45
  • May 26: Graduation

Notre Dame de Sion's College Essay Clinic

Sion's College Essay Bootcamp #1 = May 31-June 7 (8:30-11am)
Sion's College Essay Bootcamp #2 = May 31- June 7 (12-2:30pm)
Sion's College Essay Bootcamp #3 = August 1-7 (3-5:30pm), Aug 8 (8:30-11am)



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